The bear is sleeping II

From Destory.dk with kind permission we bring you Louise Juhl‘s Danish reading and an English translation of her poem ‘Bjørnen sover II‘ (small differences between written and read versions):

The bear is sleeping II
I am not dangerous, I am so easy, I am the shy eyes, I am the tilted head, I am Miscellaneous on the agenda that you never reach, I am the one who can wait, I am brushed steel, I always have room for one more, I don’t mind repeating, I don’t mind repeating, I don’t mind repeating – patiently, I am in favor of you, I am more in favor of you than of me, I am nice to animals, I am nice to people, I please the Lord, I have principles but none that can’t be broken, I am the face of compromise, I am the liberating laughter, the oil on the water, spawning, sleek, bountiful, I am the word of redemption, I am an individual for the common good, I am a lucky bag, a bonus package, an offer you can’t refuse, I am not dangerous, I am easy and give way to your glance, tilted head, I am more everything than I am nothing, I am organic and fair trade, I am exactly what you would have dreamed of, but didn’t dream, I am blissful like now a frosty Sunday morning is dark.



For more Louise Juhl, visit Destory.dk, Louise at forfatterstemmer.dk or listen to her sounds at SoundCloud (including ‘Bjørnen sover V‘).
‘Bjørnen sover’ is also the title of a widely known Norwegian children’s song and game.

 

The BunkerLove speech by Lars Ditlev Johansen

Playwright and actor Lars Ditlev Johansen’s exquisite BunkerLove speech in Danish. Thank you for caring and sharing, Lars!

The bunkers are nothing in themselves. We approach them with humble steps and reverence. Afraid to wake the monster, because what if we woke up the little man with the weird moustache and the uncontrollable urge to raise his right hand and name himself “der Führer”. The demons are there in our own lives, perhaps in other forms and they grow meaner from being ignored. Let spirituality move us into our collective darkness to pull out the monsters and smother them with love and light.

Lars Ditlev Johansen for BunkerLove

On track - by Lars Ditlev Johansen

“Sometimes we feel like corpses, washed up on a remote beach. Bodies feel like an unmanageable mass of deadweight and every step like an endless wandering through blame and self-loathing. We fucked up, a faceless demon forced us… With BunkerLove we turn around and face the beast. Together and separately, we rise towards the sun, with our shades intact. Seems to be worth a celebration. See you July 15.”

These are the voluptuous words of theater director, writer and actor Lars Ditlev Johansen. We are completely delighted that he has agreed to share his thoughts on facing one’s demons at our first BunkerLove Festival on July 15. Can’t wait!

Lars has been an actor and theater director since 1987 and recently made his debut as a playwright too. His well-received piece På sporet (On track) played at Nordkraft last fall and the image above is from the play. Photo by Anne Mette Welling. THANK YOU, Lars <3